I guess most KIT listeners grew up watching TV game shows. I remember looking forward to staying home after school when I was sick, hoping to rest on the couch so I could watch game shows during the day. Today it’s reality TV that dominates the hit, but today’s reality is far less fun than the laughter and dreams of winning big back then.
What’s your favorite classic gaming show?
An insurance group recently conducted an online search to determine the most popular game shows by residents of the 50 United States to determine each state’s favorite classic game show.
As the Coventry Group has expressed it, “For generations, friends and families have gathered around the TV to try their hand at anecdotes, guess the next vowel and hope there is a car behind door number two … As crazy as it is. they can be, game shows bring people together … tap into the traditions of those who have come before us … relics of a time when hopeful players, gracious hosts and a soft pastel set design were everything what we needed for an evening of entertainment. ”
Move over Wink Martindale and Gene Rayburn
To be honest, I always thought it would have been fun to be a game show host and over the years various personality / job tests have suggested that I would be a good fit. When I was on TV, I hosted an episode of the high school kid’s quiz called Apple Bowl on KYVE, and it was awesome. Alex Trebek was not worried! Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers took turns hosting the popular and successful quiz Danger this summer and they say he really enjoyed the experience. And now we learn that retired comedian and late-night talk show host Jay Leno is returning to television hosting a new take on the 1950s quiz. You bet your life.
The question before us is, what is the most popular classic game show? The report examined a list of 20 classic game shows and research trends over the past 12 months for all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Ultimately, they uncovered the winners of the most popular game show in each state and the most popular game show overall.
Evergreen State’s EVERGREEN Game Show
So first things first. What do our fellow citizens in Washington think is the best about television? Ask Bob Ewbanks and if you succeed, you could win a prize chosen especially for you!
The Newlywed Game is the flashback to Washington’s favorite game show. It’s also California’s favorite. “ Viewers in Alabama and Louisiana liked the risk of a blind swap with Let’s Make a Deal, while the Coloradans kept their lips sealed with I’ve Got a Secret. In Arizona and Delaware, viewers filled in the blanks with Match Game, and Arkansans got lucky with Jackpot. The answer to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? from the Montanais. Fans in Oregon tune in to Hollywood Squares for Celebrities, and the Mainers have loaded their Supermarket Sweep carts.
And the winner is…
The best classic game show overall still has a huge following today – Survey Says – Family Feud! It started in 1976 and has seen a number of reincarnations over the years, but the personality and humor of host Steve Harvey saved the show from cancellation and upped the ratings by 40%. With all due respect to Vanna White, let’s talk about legs – Family Feud won an Emmy for Best Daytime Game Show in 1977 and again over 40 years later in 2019! Harvey has 3 Emmy as a host.
Family Feud ranked number one for research interest in ten states… Name That Tune, The Price is Right, and Wheel of Fortune collected seven states each… Jeopardy! only ranked first in three states. What about our neighbors? Oregon’s choice is Hollywood Squares and Idaho loves Jackpot.